By WVUA 23 Reporter Allison Underwood

Tuscaloosa, Ala.– Shelton State Community College’s Collegiate 100 gathered for a second year to celebrate Black History Month with a music performance.

Tiffany Myles, SSCC Collegiate 100 Mentor, said last year is when they decided to celebrate Black History Month in a different way than the inaugural year.

“We decided hey, why not celebrate through music, Myles said. “It is very much a part of our culture and so we decided to do that and to celebrate unity by inviting the schools in our area to come and celebrate with us.”

Arin Massey, president of the Collegiate 100 at Shelton State, said it’s easy to unite people through song.

“Give a viewpoint of culture and things like that, so I think it is really important to remember our roots, especially during black history month,” Massey said.

Collegiate 100 mentors students at Southview Elementary School on Fridays. They teach the students not only about the history of Tuscaloosa, but also black history.

Shelton State Singers and The University of Alabama’s Afro American Gospel Choir teamed up to perform songs that celebrate and support Black History Month.

Kazarious Brown, a member of the Shelton Singers, said the songs they performed bring unity.

“Those songs that were sung tonight, I loved every single one of them,” Brown said. “It means so much to me because those were songs that were sung back in the times of slavery and everything and it gave them peace, hope and joy that a better life will soon come.”

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